When I was working, my boss would often suggest we go on a "photo safari" after the day's work, in order to capture the feelings and culture of the exotic places where we traveled. I went on my own photo safari not long ago to capture the same thing here in the Pacific Northwest. I walked out the door last week to catch the bus, sun coming up, and I saw this lovely heart that the flickers had created out of suet. It was a quick capture; now the right-hand side of the heart has been consumed. But here we go on a journey of exploration!
Sitting in the back of Al's car on our way to hike the British Army Trail, I saw Lake Samish through the window and thought perhaps I might be able to capture a bit of the feeling of the day. The car was on the highway, moving at a normal speed, but the raindrops on the window stood still. Although we arrived in the rain, it stopped just in time for us to enjoy an almost rain-free trek.
At the coffee shop (Avellino's) that I frequent before heading to my exercise class, I observed little Leo playing with a slinky. I don't get to see him nearly as often as I once did, since he is now in preschool several days a week. Instead of asking me to read to him these days, he asks me to pull out my iPad and he scrolls through either mountain pictures or flower pictures. He doesn't need me to show him how to work it. He is also at the age (three) where he can either play quietly like this or be a little terror when he doesn't get his way.
Also at Avellino's, I spied my fisherman friend Gene with his new lady friend Paula. They hang out together most days, although I've learned from Gene that she isn't naturally an early morning person like he is, so when I see him without her, it's because she didn't want to be hustled out of her morning routine in order to hang out at the coffee shop.
Last Thursday when I visited the Seattle Art Museum, I took pictures of many pieces in the permanent collection, including this very interesting clock. You don't see things like this any more, with all those moving parts. Everything is digital these days. I didn't take a picture of the explanation of this clock, unfortunately, so I guess I'll have to go back and visit the museum again. Happily.
And all over the entire city, the flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are singing earlier as the days get longer, on their way to summer. Three months of spring, my favorite time of the year. My nose is also beginning to notice that everything is blooming. Well, I hope you enjoyed our photo safari as much as I did. Until the next time, I hope you will be well.